Did you know that all the movies you normally see at the theatre have been classified? A film’s rating on IMDb or on the back of its DVD case isn’t universal; B.C. has its own classification system. That means filmmakers must submit their films to the Consumer Protection Authority of B.C. for review before being assigned a rating. It’s a costly process, and one that many independent filmmakers—and the Victoria Film Festival—can’t afford. That’s why some of the films shown at the Vic Theatre and all of the films at the Victoria Film Festival are unclassified.
In British Columbia the only way to view unclassified films is to be an active member of the society showing the film and over the age of 18—that’s the law, even if the film would get a G rating.
Membership to the Victoria Film Festival Society (VFF) is only $2.00. It’s good for one festival year (August 2021 to July 31 2022) and you can keep the membership fob in your wallet or on your keychain to show us each time you come to a film.
The Victoria Film Festival is a non-profit, charitable organization.